Award-winning green spaces
We all know that Islington’s parks and green spaces are fantastic, but now it is official, as five green spaces are given an international seal of approval.
Lever Street Community Gardens (pictured), Grenville Road Gardens, Mary Tealby Peace Garden also known as Paradise Park, Culpeper Community Garden and Arlington Square have all been given a Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
Rose Heatley from Lever Street Community Garden, which has won a Green Flag for the first time, said: “We are so pleased to have received this award. Our community garden is tiny – it measures only 10 metres by 26 metres, but enables 18 local families and individuals to learn about and enjoy growing vegetables, fruit and flowers. The Green Flag is a recognition of everyone’s hard work.”
The Green Flag Award, run by Keep Britain Tidy, is now into its third decade. It is a public sign that the park or green space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Any green space that is accessible to the public is able to enter the Green Flag Award. Awards are given annually and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status.